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Armed man takes two hostage at jewellery store in France

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Two people have been taken hostage at a jewellery store in southern France.

According to French media agency AFP, an armed man took the two hostage during a robbery of the shop.

Early reports suggest that the hostage situation is taking place in the city of Montpellier.

The attacker is believed to have locked himself inside the shop with the hostages.

Police and emergency services are on standby outside.

A judicial source has told French media agency that this incident is not linked to earlier twin hostage dramas at two locations in France today.

More to follow.

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